Principles & Methods for Effective Health Education

Course Number: EDU 5515 C24 (Graduate)
Instructor: Krystina Fernandez
Location: Online
Dates and Times: January 21, 2019 – April 19, 2019
Tuition: $1,060
2 Graduate Credits

Note: Course payment of $1,060 is due and payable to VT-HEC.

Course Description

This participatory course will provide teachers with the knowledge and skills to deliver effective standards-based health education curriculum, instruction, and assessment. An examination of health education principles, theories, and practice will form the foundation of the course. Coursework will focus on the field of health education in terms of historical developments, theoretical foundations, National Health Education standards, and research-based methods needed to implement and assess effective skills-based health education.

 Audience: Educators working towards Vermont endorsement in health education


Course Goals & Objectives

Goal: To prepare VT health education, teachers/candidates, to demonstrate an understanding of the elements, practices, and principles that contribute to effective health education.

Learning Outcomes:

Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

  1. Describe the historical evolution of skills-based Health Education.
  2. Describe the concepts of health, the content areas of health education, and the essential skills needed to live a healthy lifestyle and apply this information to curriculum development.
  3. Identify current national (Vermont-adopted) health education standards and the laws and regulations that guide the development of comprehensive health education.
  4. Discuss and apply the principles and ethical issues of contemporary health education.
  5. Apply critical thinking skills to examine controversial issues in health education.
  6. Research, select and apply appropriate theoretical constructs that are used to plan health education curriculum.
  7. Access and use current, valid, and reliable resources for health information to support teaching and student learning.
  8. Integrate essential health skills as defined by the national health education standards across content areas.
  9. Plan effective, age-appropriate standards-based school health curriculum and assessment, including the development of proficiency scales.

Required Texts

Required text is not included in the course tuition.

The Essentials of Teaching Health Education: Curriculum, Instructions, and Assessment; Benes, S.; Alperin, H.; 2016, SHAPE America; Human Kinetics

Division of Population Health, National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion, National Health Education Standards


For additional course information

Krystina Fernandez

(802) 899-4690

For additional registration information

Julie Medose
(802) 498-3350

Register online now!